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California Drought News: Hot weather, heated rhetoric and worries about fire



Today might just be the day to try this. Temperatures downtown are expected to be near 100 degrees.
Today might just be the day to try this. Temperatures downtown are expected to be near 100 degrees.
Photo by Pockafwye via Flickr Creative Commons

If recent rains put a proverbial dent in California's drought conditions, what does that say about this week's August-in-April heatwave? 

Demonstrating a hitherto undiscovered flair for classical symbology, the Weather Service declares an Omega Block when a mass of high pressure — this one rising about 20,000 feet above the California coast — arranges itself in the shape of the last letter in the Greek alphabet.